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Nothing's Sacred

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  3,498 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
Comedian Lewis Black unleashes his trademark subversive wit while recounting his own life story in his New York Times bestselling memoir.

You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues acros
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Gallery Books (first published 2005)
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Michael Thoeresz
Mar 01, 2008 Michael Thoeresz rated it liked it
This book is much better than I expected. I thought it would be cheap shots on conservatives throughout (and that does exist). But mainly it's just funny.

"All suburbs are identical. The houses may vary in size and design, but the game is the same. Everyone has the feeling that they are living in a special place, when in fact there is nothing unique about it. Being brought up in Suburbia is, therefore, like being born and raised nowhere. It is an oxygenated void. As a result, it prepares you for
May 13, 2009 Ben rated it it was ok
I've had this sitting around for a few years, as it was a present from my daughter (I think). I finally got around to reading it. Consider it a book equivalent of a summer "popcorn" movie: entertaining at best, but not very substantial.

And that's a shame. I think he's the best stand up comic currently practicing, or at least in the top five. There's a lot to be said for his delivery. Anyone familiar with his act over the past five years or so will doubtlessly recognize several routines contained
Oct 26, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Lewis Black is one of my favorite comics, although I worry about his blood pressure. If you like his comedy, then this is probably worth a read.
So, this is a lesson for me: check my goodreads bookshelf before picking up a book to read. Apparently, I read Lewis Black’s Nothing’s Sacred ten years ago. Bad news for him—I completely forget everything about it so when I came across a copy on my bookshelf, I thought, ah, I need something quick to read so I’ll read this. I’m irritated I spent time re-reading this dumb book. Lewis, I like your stand-up comedy, but this book is mediocre.

I’ve read a number of books by comedians now and aside from
Jan 07, 2012 Adrian rated it it was amazing
Amazingly thought provoking and amusing while also bitter sweet at times, this book was a strange choice as I don't usually look into the biographical section, but I've found Lewis Black's comedy to be to my taste, so I figured why not? Well, the book is insightful. It encourages you to look at the things we take for granted from a less than ordinary standpoint, with Lewis's less than ordinary sense of humour added to the mix. For fans, this is an absolute must, and for people who want something ...more
Sep 25, 2007 Dave rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of this comic's acerbic material so when I saw this autobio on the dollar rack, I thought what the heck. Black's telling of his own history is mildly interesting and he does work a lot of his show material into the book. The problem is none of it is as funny in print as it is performed. "It was Okay" rating because I was mildly engaged and I only spent a dollar for it.
Aug 23, 2014 Traci rated it really liked it
I love Lewis Black! He is a nerdy funny guy & has a sense of writing that makes you crack up. And crack up I did!

I laughed while reading every page. I couldn't put it down it.

Black has a unique smart funny storytelling way & it comes alive in this book.

Great read.
Jul 06, 2015 KarmA1966 rated it liked it
I'd listen to Lewis Black read the phone book. His rants are legendary and in fine form here. What I didn't expect, and was pleasantly surprised to find, was a sweet, almost sugary, heart at the center of his cynicism. Nothing is sacred indeed.
Sep 20, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of seeing Lewis Black live (and the privilege of meeting him after the show) and he is one of the smartest, wittiest, sharpest comics around. I love his no-holds-barred attitude and his candor.
Nov 30, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I love Lewis Black! He's one of my favorite comedians. This book is hilarious.
Oct 28, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never realized he was such a well read nerd in addition to the anger.
Oct 06, 2016 Will rated it liked it
Kimberly Ann
Jan 27, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-bomb, comedian, comedy

"Here's a little known fact: All the candy corn that was ever made was manufactured in 1904. That's because we don't eat enough of it and we throw most of it away. So the candy corn company sends out their representatives in early November to gather up all the discarded candy corn from the Dumpsters and bring it back to their factory, where they simply wash it off and bag it up again. A year later the same candy corn is on every coffee tab
Jessica Bishop
Apr 17, 2008 Jessica Bishop rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Chelsey Yama :]
When I saw that Lewis Black had a book, my first thoughts were "Hmmm. I thoroughly enjoy his bits on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, I hope this is a good read." I was correct.
I wouldn't say that this is the best book I have ever read (That would be "Killing Yourself To Live" by Chuck Klosterman), but its still a damn (pardon my french) good book.
For a book written by comedian, I wasn't rolling on the floor laughing. I feel he could have done a much better job.
In a nutshell, "Nothing's Sacred"
Aug 04, 2007 fleegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funnyjunk
Everyone knows who Lewis Black is, right? He's the ranty comedian guy? From the Daily Show? So you can imagine how funny his book is. It's really funny. He talks mostly about growing up in D.C. and going to college in NC. and a tiny bit about NY, hee. He talks about his childhood and college years mostly. Did you know he's a playwright? I know! So I'm kind of wondering if he's gay.

For real, this book was funny. It was really choppy though. Of course, it was just a bunch of essays about dif
Jul 22, 2012 Derek rated it liked it
As much as I wanted to give this book 4 or 5 stars, I couldn't. Maybe it's because I'm already familiar with chunks of it, since parts of it come straight from his comedy routines; maybe it's because I wasn't sure what to expect from the book before I read it; maybe it's because, like many comedy books (David Cross's "I Drink for a Reason," Patton Oswalt's "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," etc.) it's too much all at once, where comedy works best when it's properly rationed out and timed according to ...more
May 13, 2010 Rob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, biography
We're from different generations and, too an extent, cultures, but I find I relate to Lewis Black very well—maybe too well. We both get angry about similar things, we both see the humor and absurdity of our surroundings, and, is spite of that sense of humor, we both still manage to become very, very angry at times. What that means, I don't really know, but I agree with his own assessment, that many people should skip certain parts of this book, and others should put it down altogether (Actually, ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Ronnie rated it liked it
Thank you, Kathryn Eisenstein, for sending me this book. I feel I understand you so much better now! This was a good one for spreading out, reading a short section here and there during the irregular breaks at work. I'm not sure what my favorite part is, but, as with his standup--just like it, in fact--it's almost always amusing when he goes off on a rant, ending with, "But I digress." If I were to choose a favorite part, it would be those digressions, but what you get of his life story (all ...more
Harrison Parker
May 05, 2015 Harrison Parker rated it it was amazing
This book was an excellent read. I would recommend this book to people who are aware of issues that currently affect the U.S., enjoy a good laugh, and like to find the deeper meaning in things. Black's recollection of event in his life is incredible and makes this a great book to read. The events that he has lived through, was a part of, and that he has a view point on are ones that will have you wanting to read more and more of his stories. Some of the things that he was a part of are hard to ...more
Sean Cox-marcellin
May 28, 2013 Sean Cox-marcellin rated it did not like it
one smirk for comparing the post office to Kafka -- more from appreciation of the reference than from finding it funny. one audible "ha" for the Black Panther who said that if anyone really cared about their community they'd get a gun and use it against the pigs, but could start with whoever was in charge with the parking. I've kept my word, one star per funny joke. and one shiny star it is.

He'll be telling a story, and the story itself will be kinda interesting, and he's blended the literal an
Dec 17, 2009 Craig rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Daily Show and lefties unfamiliar with Black
I just want to be clear that I love Lewis Black. He's one of the great polemicists in America today and if you can catch any of his DVDs/CDs/appearances on the brilliant The Daily Show (in the UK weeknights, More4, 8.30pm, Comedy Central in the US later at night) you absolutely should. He's both insightful and ball-achingly funny.

However (and you knew it was coming) *because* I've seen so many of his DVDs/CDs/appearances on the brilliant The Daily Show (in the UK weeknights, More4, 8.30pm, Comed
John Wiswell
I fell in love with Black as he aped The Network on The Daily Show, but was still surprised he’d write an autobiography. Surprised enough to pick it up on sale. Black recounts the stranger and edgier anecdotes of his life, purposefully skipping or skimming over anything normal. It’s a little too fashionably rebellious, but the funny parts make up for it. The big theme of the book is that every subject must be open to humor – his mother’s temper, an economic depression, JFK’s death. Everything. ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Hermgirl rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone that likes Al Franken's books, my mom,
Shelves: favorites, humor
The comedian takes us through his life growing up in the sixties and seventies, with a generous sprinkling of sarcasm and heart-felt as well as humorous observations along the way.

Black is an extremely political animal, with a left-leaning libertarian slant. Some of the material in this book is a re-hash of some of his television bits on Comedy Central, but there is enough fleshing out that framework to make it worthwhile.

For this sentence alone, the book is worth the price of admission: "While
Jul 19, 2015 Lawrence rated it liked it
One of those books written by a comedian with the man himself pulling a face of wacky confusion on the cover. I picked it up cheap and it took less than a day to read. Lewis Black is pretty much my favourite stand-up at the moment, and can generally do no wrong in my opinion. This isn't a bad book, and I could have happily read more on the subject of Black's formative years, but about half of it reads as though transcribed directly from live performances (from which it is immediately familiar), ...more
Alan Livingston
Jul 25, 2014 Alan Livingston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, memoir
Lewis Black's humor is as polarizing as anyone I know today; It seems everyone either loves him or hates him. I think he both wants it that way and couldn't care less whether he's appreciated or not. I've enjoyed him for years. I honestly think the hardest I've ever laughed in my life includes seeing him in person once here in Las Vegas, and I hope to see him again someday.

This book gave me some laugh-out-loud moments, particularly in his telling of personal growing-up stories that I was able to
Jan 22, 2016 Frank rated it did not like it
I enjoy Lewis Black's riffs and rants a great deal (particularly on the The Daily Show), so I was excited when I neighbor dropped off one of his books, Nothing's Sacred.

Having enjoyed written material from other stand-up comedians (George Carlin and Bill Maher), I was expecting funny variants of Lewis Black's comedic material. I was mistaken.

Nothing's Sacred is instead a pretty underwhelming autobiography. While Black tried to intersperse some stand-up bits and emulate them in prose with vulgar
Jul 18, 2008 Josh rated it liked it
Books by comedians are often just written out versions of their act, which generally aren't funny, not only because they lack the delivery, but because you lose the larger context. Or they're just retellings of their life and their climb to fame, which generally work out to be pretty much the same story, and somewhat dull.

This book combined both. The bit sections were flat, but the sections of Lewis Black's life were pretty great, primarily because very little of it was about his climb to the to
Jan 02, 2011 Seanmallory rated it liked it
If you're a fan of The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, you know who Lewis Black is. He's the angry comedian who goes out of his way to point out the incompetence, ineptitude, and illiterate idiosyncrasies of US politics. As far as the book goes, it was fun to learn the background of the man behind "Back In Black", however, there isn't really a printable substitute for seeing that man live. He's a talented writer and I definitely laughed out loud on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, I was still ...more
This was not as organized as his second book, Me of Little Faith, and although the memoir bits of growing up in the 60s were honest and interesting, they lacked the humor and voice I expect from Lewis Black. The non-memoir or "flash-forward" pieces were mostly written versions of his comedy routines that I have watched repeatedly and memorized with friends, recited back, and heard over and over in many voices. Less interesting in print. Still, this was worth reading once.

Three stars, recommende
Sep 30, 2008 Sadie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Lewis Black is hilarious. I have seen him in on the TV and now I have read his book. He is off the wall funny. He is a very straightforward person and he tells it like it is. This book is filled with many topics and none of them are really related. He is the only author I know of that can yell in print.

Though his comments are very straight forward, he makes it entertaining as well. He brings up various topics and has many opinions that make a diverse collection of topics. He talks about his lif
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Lewis Niles Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright and actor. He is known for his comedy style which often includes simulating a mental breakdown or an increasingly angry rant, ridiculing history, politics, religion, trends and cultural phenomena. He hosted Comedy Central's The Root of All Evil and makes regular appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart delivering his ...more
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